Performance Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The benchmarks speak for themselves: Western Digital took the winning Caviar SE16 formula, added perpendicular recording, and created a huge, yet speedy 7200RPM hard drive in the form of the WD7500AAKS. We took special note of how much better Western Digital's first generation perpendicular recording drive performed than Seagate's (the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10) in our testing. Overall, none of the other drives could touch the WD7500AAKS in our benchmarks.
With the excellent performance offered by the WD7500AAKS, we were a little disappointed that we didn't have two drives to show you some RAID 0 action. Regardless, we were happy to see Western Digital enter the huge hard drive battle with a solid contender, which also happens to be the fastest 7200RPM drive we've had the pleasure to test so far. We'd love to pit it against a 1TB Hitachi and one of Seagate's new 7200.11 drives to see which one is truly the current king.
In many ways, we feel almost the same about the WD7500AAKS as we did about the WD5000KS. We can't find anything to dislike about the WD7500AAKS, but it would be nice to see Western Digital (and other storage companies) match Seagate's 5-year warranty. When it comes to storage, we think everyone can agree that the longer the warranty is, the better off consumers are.
The WD7500AAKS is now the largest Caviar SE16 drive offered by Western Digital, and it is the first drive offered by the company to feature perpendicular magnetic recording. With great features and an affordable price, the WD7500AAKS demonstrates that you can have huge storage capacity and awesome performance in one drive. If you have masssive storage needs, we wholeheartedly recommend Western Digital's 750GB WD7500AAKS Caviar SE16 SATA HDD.
• Top notch performance
• Great street price
• Big, big, big
• 3-year warranty